3208 Pool Lifeguard (SF Pools)

As-Needed Temporary Exempt

Recruitment #TEX-3208-903974



NOTE:  This is a continuous recruitment for Temporary Exempt/As-Needed hiring ONLY.


APPOINTMENT TYPE:    Temporary Exempt/As-Needed.  These positions are temporary exempt, as-needed subject to budgetary constraints.  Temporary exempt as-needed appointment are not to exceed six months or 1040 hours. Exempt employees are considered "at will” and serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

MISSION STATEMENT: The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks, and preserve the environment for the well-being of everyone in our diverse community.

ABOUT US: Amid a dynamic and ever-evolving urban landscape, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department stewards one of the premier urban park systems in America.  San Francisco recently became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park.  Considered by San Franciscans to be one of the City’s most popular and effective public agencies, our Department manages and maintains more than 225 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in San Francisco, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100- acre system includes 25 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts, and TPC Harding Park golf course.

More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park patrol officers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:   Under general direction, protects the health, safety and welfare of patrons at a municipally operated swimming pool facility. Responsibilities include maintaining discipline in and around the swimming pool; conducting rescue operations; making continuous contact with swimmers and the general public; cleaning and disinfecting the pool, decks, showers, locker rooms and aquatic equipment; and performing related duties as required.  Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment: sufficient strength and coordination to rescue submerged victims and remove them from the water.

Temporary Exempt employees are expected to make themselves available for on-call, early morning opening shifts, weekends, and closing evening shifts.  Please note, successful candidates are NOT guaranteed specific job placements, work site locations or fixed hours. 

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Two (200) hundred hours of experience as a paid or volunteer lifeguard.

License and Certification:
Current possession and maintenance of the following certifications or the equivalent of:
1. Lifeguarding issued by the American Red Cross or equivalent certified issuing agency;
2. CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer issued by the American Red Cross or equivalent certified issuing agency;
3. Oxygen Administration for the Professional Rescuer issued by the American Red Cross or equivalent certified issuing agency; and
4. Title 22 - First Aid for Public Safety Personnel issued by the American Red Cross or equivalent certified issuing agency.  Once employed, new hires must obtain a valid certificate within twelve (12) months of employment with the Department.  


1.     All employees must keep current his/her valid Lifeguard Training, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer / Automated External Defibrillator (CPRFPR/AED) and First Aid certifications throughout his/her length of employment.  Failure to demonstrate/show proof of current/valid certification may result in termination of employment.

2.     New hires must possess the following certifications issued by the American Red Cross and maintain validity of these certificates throughout length of employment: First Aid for Public Safety Personnel in accordance with Title 22 requirements; AND Oxygen Administration.  Failure to maintain valid certifications throughout length of employment may result in termination of employment.

3.     Successful candidates, who are under 18 years old on the date of hire, will be required to obtain a Work Permit.  For additional information, please call Katherine Dere at (415) 831-2705.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement (TEX-3208-903974)
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.  Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Katherine Dere, by telephone at (415)831-2705 , or by email at  katherine.dere@sfgov.org .

Selection Procedures

NOTES:  Applicants will be screened for relevant qualifying experience and will be deemed qualified ONLY when all the required certificates are received by the Human Resources Analyst by the required deadline.  Only those candidates most qualified will be invited to the selection process which includes a pass/fail performance component and oral interview, at which time they will be asked to present the originals of each applicable certificate as indicated under Minimum Qualifications above.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all of the steps in the selection process.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Reasonable Accommodation Request:  Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Recruitment Type:  TEX
Issued:  February 1, 2020
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 903974
REC / KD / 415.831.2705



All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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